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G-Technology ship the Thunderbolt G-RAID and announce the Thunderbolt G-Drive

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Another Thunderbolt product shipping and a brand new Thunderbolt product announced at the show for G-Technology. Seems Thunderbolt is becoming the only way to connect to local storage.

We first came across an 8 terabyte monster prototype G-RAID at IBC last year. Promoted at the the NAB 2012 show with the tagline "Taking a giant leap for “Mac Kind,” the 3 sized Thunderbolt G-RAIDs are now shipping and available in US Apple Stores. The manufacturer’s suggested retail price for the 8TB drive is $999.99, 6TB is $849.99 and 4TB is $699.99. The units will be available in Europe in June.

“We’re making digital production faster, super‐sized and affordable for post‐production workflows,” said Mike Williams, vice president and general manager, HGST Branded Business. “G‐Technology has built its reputation and business on serving creative professionals and prosumers that demand performance, capacity and quality. Continuing this tradition, we’ve leveraged our popular G‐RAID design to deliver amazing sustained throughput for·production workflows, and with 8TB you can easily store hours of clips, composites, digital intermediate (DIs), proofs, effects and more.”

They've even got DSLR guru Vincent LaForet excited about storage even though he probably hasn't opened the box yet.

“I just received the G‐RAID with Thunderbolt drive and look forward to utilizing it,” said Independent Film Director Vincent Laforet. “The balance it offers between blazing RAID 0 performance, increased data transfer rates, and G‐Technology’s known quality and reliability will no doubt prove to be an immense help with the projects we're working on."

We would have been quite happy to give G-Technology a quotation on a G-RAID as our non- Thunderblot versions have proved to be rock solid even though they are subjected to a car journey every weekday.

  • Ultra high performance with up to 280MB/sec sustained throughput
  • Two‐drive, RAID 0 designed specifically for professional content creation applications
  • Supports multi‐stream HDV, DVCPro HD, XDCAM HD, ProRes 422 and uncompressed SD workflows
  • Dual Thunderbolt ports for daisy chaining up to six Thunderbolt‐compatible peripherals
  • Time Machine® ready, plug‐and‐play setup on Mac OS·
  • 8TB, 6TB and 4TB capacities
  • Two, high‐speed 7,200 RPM Deskstar hard drives
  • Solid all‐aluminum case for ultimate durability
  • Kensington® Lock slot for security
  • Smart‐cooling fan technology for cool, quiet operation·
  • Three‐year limited factory warranty

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The G-Drive was also announced at NAB. So new the staff didn't even know about it until it turned up on the stand in Vegas! Models will feature capacities up to 4 terabytes and availability will be in a couple of months, no word on prices. The new model is the one disk enclosure pictured on the right.


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